MSPM in the KNOW: October 24, 2017

Top 3 for 24 October 2017

1- Spring 2018 schedule now available. Students may review schedule of classes now and register via GWeb during registration period which begins on 9 November 2017 through 15 January 2018.  Questions about classes to sign up for? Schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates via www.meetme.so/gwmspm (include your GWID).

Students must clear any outstanding holds to be eligible to register.To view the hold on your account, please visit: GWeb at https://banweb.gwu.edu/PRODCartridge/twbkwbis.P_WWWLogin

  • Choose Student Records
  • Choose Student Records Information Menu
  • Choose View Administrative Holds

2- Internships, Fellowships and Job Opportunities

Congressional Budget Office Seeks a Public & Private Mandates Analyst – Deadline 10/25

  • The Budget Analysis Division is seeking an analyst for its Public and Private Mandates Unit to help CBO carry out its responsibilities under the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act. More information can be found here.

HOPE (Hope Enterprise Corporation / Hope Credit Union) is Hiring Project Manager – Deadline n/a

  • HOPE (Hope Enterprise Corporation / Hope Credit Union) is seeking an individual with a passion for social change to amplify HOPE’s efforts to extend its mission and impact among Hispanic/Latino residents across the Mid South. Read more here.

Kaiser Permanente Virtual Info Session – 10/25

  • Learn more about the internships and full time career opportunities in Healthcare Consulting, Technology, Strategic Planning, Marketing & Sales, Finance, Health Policy, and more! More information can be found here. 

American Express Graduate Internships – Accepting Applications Now

  • Opportunities are available in Consulting, Marketing, HR, Strategy, etc. More information can be found here.

Presidential Management Fellows Program

  • Seeking recent and current graduate students. Application opens on 10/23 at noon. More information can be found here.

Johnson & Johnson HR Leadership Development Program Virtual Info Session – 11/1

  • Open to all master students. Ideal for students with +5 years of work experience. Registration can be done here.

AARP – Strategy & Performance Part-Time, Year-Round Internship for Grad Students

  • Need a strong graduate student who is interested in a part-time, year-round internship (in January) with our Community States & National Affairs team.  Intern has to have a keen attention to detail, strong Excel and data mining experience, maintain data and content and project management support.  Students can apply directly to: www.aarp.org/careers– Job # 12459229.

3- Events Roundup:

PMI® Global Conference | 28 – 30 October 2017 | McCormick Place Chicago, Illinois Stop by the GW MSPM booth (#612) at the Exhibition Hall. Email mspminfo@gwu.edu if you will be there.

Doing Business in Latin America: Opportunities and Culture | Mon 30 October | 5:30 PM | Duques 651 | RSVP at ibi@gwu.edu

MSPM in the KNOW: October 17, 2017

Top 3 for 17 October 2017

1- Reminder, the George Washington University Project Management Association (GWPMA) is seeking nominations from MSPM students to serve on the Board of Directors for at least a one-year term. Open positions are announced here. The candidate must be a current MSPM student and be able to serve a one-year term on the GWPMA Board of Directors. Nominations must be received before 5:00 PM ET on 20 October 2017.

2- VALOR Professional Credentialing Grant, applications due 15 November. Thanks to the generosity of former GW Trustee Mark Shenkman, the GW VALOR Professional Credentialing (VPC) Grant is able to reimburse military-affiliated students for the cost of a professional exam required to advance their career. Eligible VALOR students may apply for a reimbursement grant to be used toward professional certification including the PMP exam. Applications due no later than 15 November. Review application details and apply here.

3- PMI® Global Conference, 28-30 October. The GWMSPM is participating at the PMI® Global Conference scheduled from 28-30 October at McCormick Place Chicago, Illinois. MSPM alumnus, William Davis has generously offered his time to volunteer and join us at our exhibit table. We are thrilled to have him represent our program. If you are attending the PMI Global Conference, please come see us at booth #612 at the Exhibition Hall. The PMI Global Conference is not only a place to learn about new project management tools and services, but a place to meet up with colleagues! Let us know if you will be there, email mspminfo@gwu.edu.

MSPM in the KNOW: October 10, 2017

Top 3 for 10 October 2017

1- Student Holds. A quick reminder to check any holds on your account before Spring 2018 registration opens on 9 November.  All holds should show up on your GWeb account. Students should contact Student Accounts Office for any questions related to financial holds (sao@gwu.edu | Phone: 202-994-7350). Questions about administrative holds due to missing transcripts, academic integrity training or any other related program requirements should be directed to mspminfo@gwu.edu.

2- Are you a leader looking to improve your leadership skills? The George Washington University Project Management Association (GWPMA) is seeking nominations from MSPM students to serve on the Board of Directors for at least a one-year term. The GWPMA is a student organization with a mission to promote the project management discipline, the MSPM program, and its students while providing professional development and networking activities. The candidate must:

  1. Be a current MSPM student
  2. Be able to serve a one-year term on the GWPMA Board of Directors

The GWPMA Board of Directors will finalize board Elections on 23 October 2017.

Nominations must be received before 5:00 PM ET on 20 October 2017

View list of open positions here.

3- Free events for MSPM students and alumni:

PM University Talks

Thursday, 12 October 2017 Time: 5:30-7:30 PM (EDT)

REGISTER HERE

Registration is free to current students. MSPM has one more spot left to sponsor an alumni. Email aesocrates@gwu.edu if interested.

The Power of Communication Webinar, recording now available!  Don’t miss your opportunity to view the GWPMA’s pilot webinar, “The Power of Communication” at the link below! This webinar was made possible by Angela Knight (GWPMA President) and Vugar Mammadov (GWPMA International Student Representative). Webinar was held on 29 September and recording is now available for those who missed it.

PLAY RECORDING (1 hr)  https://business-gwu.webex.com/business-gwu/lsr.php?RCID=bbcff12dfa2ee0a4465fc1bdc1011c24  Recording password: (This recording does not require a password)

United Nations 101: Virtual Session (WebEx), October 6

United Nations 101: Virtual Session (WebEx)

Friday, 6 October 12-1 PM EDT

Event Description

Get a deeper understanding of the United Nations through this webinar exclusively for GW students with a UN professional who will share his insights with you. Learn about the structure of the UN, skills needed within different UN organizations and the paths toward getting a foot in the door. Hear tips and suggestions on what might make you a stronger applicant. Presenter: Michael Emery, Director, Division of Human Resources at UNFPA.  Register via Handshake under Events.

MSPM in the KNOW: October 3, 2017

Top 3 for 3 October 2017:

1- Thank you Angela Knight and Vugar Mammadov (GWPMA) for organizing a webinar, The Power of Communication, held on 29 September featuring Alan Zucker, CEO of Project Management Essentials. Event provided opportunity to engage distance learners in the MSPM program and gain practical skills in project communication.

Those who attended the webinar have the opportunity to be entered into the drawing for a chance to win sixth edition of PMBOK Guide released 6 September 2017 and a GWU MSPM t-shirt. Drawing will be held this week and winners will be notified via email!

2- Application for Spring 2018 Short Term Study Away Programs (STAPs) due 29 October. Thinking about studying abroad to fulfill your elective requirement in MSPM? Check out the G&EE website to learn more about STAPs and to access the online application. Short Term Study Away Programs are the best way for graduate students to exercise international mobility while at the GW School of Business. STAP programs are taught by faculty from GW or one of GWSB’s international partner universities. Program offerings are designed to expose graduate students to opportunities for global learning.

3- Free events for students and alumni:

PMI Virtual Student Summit                                                                                      Wednesday, 4 October 2017 |10:00 AM – 2:30 PM (EDT)                                    REGISTER HERE

United Nations 101: Virtual Session                                                                         Friday, 6 October 2017 | 12-1 PM (EDT)                                                                         Register via Handshake under Events

PM University Talks                                                                                                         Thursday, 12 October 2017 | 5:30-7:30 PM (EDT)                                                              Event Location: George Washington University School of Business                          2201 G Street NW Duques Room 451 Washington, DC 20052                        REGISTER HERE

Already graduated from the MSPM program? We are pleased to offer three free seats to the PM University talks for those who already graduated from the program. Contact aesocrates@gwu.edu if interested.

MSPM in the KNOW: September 26, 2017

Top 3 for 26 September:

1- Fall 2017 Capstone Residency Week. Reminder, those in the distance section of DNSC 6269 PM Applications (capstone) are required to participate in a residency week to complete the course requirements. Capstone residency week will begin on Monday, December 11 and will run through Wednesday, December 13. The class will meet each day for a full day in the School of Business (2201 G St, NW). More details will be provided as we approach the residency week.

2- The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service is hiring! The United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection is hiring an IT Specialist (Technology Operations Center Manager). The Technology Operations Center Manager role is to work collaboratively with infrastructure and application teams to ensure the stability, reliability, and security of information systems. This senior IT professional will work, with minimal supervision, closely with operations teams and will provide guidance and input into the strategic direction/development of datacenter and infrastructure monitoring and support. For more information, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/480118400

3- Free Events This Week:

Scaling Agile within the Federal Government                                                             Wednesday, 27 September 2017                                                                      Time: 11:30 networking; 12-1 presentation
Location: 2201 G Street NW Duques Room 652
Washington, DC 20052                                                                             REGISTER HERE

The Power of Communication Webinar                                                                   Friday, 29 September 2017
12:00 PM (Eastern)                                                                                                Duration: 1 hour and 15 Min.                                                                                         
REGISTER HERE

PMI Virtual Student Summit                                                                            Wednesday, 4 October 2017                                                                              10:00 AM to 2:30 PM (Eastern)                                                                                  REGISTER HERE     

MSPM in the KNOW: September 19, 2017

Top 3 for 19 September:

1- GWU MSPM Student, Robert Estes, key member of a weather satellite team. Robert Estes will participate in the launch of a Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) on 10 November. The launch will be held at the Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The JPSS-1 is a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather satellite that supports accurate numeral weather forecasts. A long-time NASA project manager, Mr. Estes is responsible for project costs, schedules, technical performance and management of the critical JPSS-1 CERES (Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System) component. He was instrumental in initiating the contract with aerospace/defense firm Northrop Grumman to build CERES. Read more.

2- The Power of Communication Webinar. There is still time to register for “The Power of Communication” featuring Alan Zucker, CEO of Project Management Essentials. This is a  webinar made possible by Angela Knight (GWPMA President) and Vugar Mammadov (GWPMA Distance Student Representative-International). Event is designed to find better ways to engage distance learners in the MSPM program and meet the needs of working professionals who want to enhance their ability to integrate complex projects, motivate people, and achieve the best results for their projects. Register now! Event details are below.

Friday September 29, 2017 12:00 PM EDT Duration: 1 hour and 15 Min.

3- Free campus event: Scaling Agile within the Federal Government. Join us for the next PMIWDC Circle Luncheon event on 27 September at GWU campus. Guest speaker, Efrain Velasquez, will discuss how changes in the Federal Government’s acquisition and contracting processes increase pressure to be “more Agile.” Mr. Velasquez will provide a high-level description of Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) for Lean Enterprises, discuss its applicability to Federal technology projects, and identify the roles PMs can play within the framework. Learn more about the speaker and topic here. Event details are below:

Wednesday 27 September 2017

Time: 11:30 networking; 12-1 presentation

Event Location: 2201 G Street NW Duques Room 652 Washington, DC 20052

REGISTER HERE

 

MSPM in the KNOW: July 25, 2017

Top 3 for 25 July

1- Fall 2017 Blackboard Collaborate Session Now Available. The Blackboard collaborate session schedule for the Fall 2017 semester is now available on the blog. Collaborate sessions are 60-minute live sessions that are designed for the online and campus students to engage with their professors on a weekly basis. It is highly recommended for all MSPM students. It offers opportunity to look at the week’s lecture in more detail and students may ask any questions to the professor regarding lecture materials or assignments. Check out schedule via this link.

2- Still needing an elective for Fall 2017? The MSPM program is offering one 3-credit elective in the Fall semester:

DNSC 6236 Project Quality Management, 3 credits (Dr. Griffith)

This course is focused on the quality management of projects. It explores current theories and practices regarding quality management as applied to manufacturing and the service industry, the application to project systems, and the application to individual projects. In addition, students in this course will explore the application of project management techniques in implementing a quality improvement initiative within an organization. Read more.

Students may consider alternative elective courses by reviewing course offerings listed on the schedule of classes. All students need to schedule an advisement session prior to registering for elective courses to ensure those courses would count toward MSPM. E-mail Agnes Socrates (aesocrates@gwu.edu) with any questions or schedule an advisement session via www.meetme.so/gwmspm (include your GWID).

3- Free event on campus tomorrow, 26 July!

Military Generals, Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence featuring Susan Schwartz, PMP

**This session takes a practical look at successful, and not so successful, U.S. military general behaviors from WWII to the present. The discussion centers around four key leadership attributes as take-away lessons and how they can be used by project managers today to lead their teams to success.

Event Date: Wednesday, 26 July 2017 – 11:30am – 1:00pm

Location: The George Washington University School of Business

2201 G St, NW, Duques Hall, Room 453

Washington, District Of Columbia 20052

REGISTER HERE!

 

 

MSPM in the KNOW: June 27, 2017

Top 3 for 27 June

  1. There is still time to register for summer session II classes! Summer session II begins 5 July. Last day to register via GWeb is 11 July. Please note, summer semester is the best time to fulfill your electives. To view list of courses available, check out the schedule of classes. Should you need assistance with registering for courses or if you have questions related to what electives would count toward your MSPM degree, schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates.

 

  1. Reminder, PMP Prep Course is available online beginning, 30 June – 15 August. As posted on the blog on 14 June, this virtual PMP Prep Course is intended to help participants prepare for the PMP credentialing exam. This is ideal for distance learners who cannot commit to classroom PMP Prep course. Learn more and register! If you are on campus interested in joining fellow students for a PMP study group, contact your GWPMA Board Member, Phebean Williams at phebeanw@gwu.edu.

 

  1. Thank you to those who responded to our call for volunteers! We have room for two more volunteers for the Fall 2017 Student Orientation scheduled on Saturday, 19 August. Volunteer duties include: running the student panel and assisting with the Bridge Game. Time commitment is approximately 3 hours on Saturday afternoon. This is the best time to meet incoming MSPM students and share your experience in the program. If interested, please email aesocrates@gwu.edu.